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Yesterday, Sega announced that Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 would be heading to the PS4 in Japan. Now, we have a better idea of what the game will look like running on Sony’s latest console. While it is a little disappointing at none of the assets are being changed out, just watching Kiryu smack punks in the face takes me back to the first time I stepped into his shoes. Yakuza 3 is an amazing game and you guys should definitely play it.
Nothing is being added or changed with this release, though US gamers will probably be scratching their heads at the hostess stuff. That content got cut from the US version of Yakuza 3, so I’m hopeful that it will remain intact should these remasters come West. I know Scott Strichart, localization producer for Yakuza over at Atlus, told me he’d love to get a chance to restore the cut features with a touched up localization.
Whether or not it does come West, watching this game run at 60 FPS is incredible. I’m almost tempted to import it just to play this gem again. The game will be landing in Japan on August 9, 2018, for 3,990 ¥ (roughly $37).
Ever since its launch in 2001, the proto-MMORPG Runescape has been a cornerstone of a lot of formative gaming moments. Sadly, that all ends this August as the servers are finally going offline.
Runescape was developed by Jagex in the early 2000s and is likely familiar to people who read magazines like Next-Generation or, well, Game Informer back in the day. The online PC game introduced a generation to what might be possible with online interaction in the future and shaped a lot of what the modern game industry takes for granted.
It is not like the game has been continuously supported for the last two decades, though. Jagex stopped supporting the game years ago, which has lead to the title running wild with bugs, bots, and cheaters. The developers feel this has gone too far and become game-breaking and need to put the game out of its misery.
“We’ve not fully supported RuneScape Classic for years, so why are we suddenly seeing it as a problem now?” Jagex wrote in a blog post. “The truth is that bots and lack of community safety tools are serious problems, however, we also feel that we can no longer offer long term service reliability due to the growing risk of unrecoverable game breaking bugs. The number of bugs is getting worse, and we’re gradually seeing the game breaking. It’s important to highlight that these are bugs which we can’t fix due to the unsupported nature of the game.”
The servers will shut down on 12:00 AM PT August 6.
It’s a shame, but I was a little surprised it was still running. Seventeen years is a pretty good run.
Back when I played Super Robot Wars: Original Generation 1 and 2 during my college days, I learned about Masaki Andoh, the Cybuster’s pilot, having his own game on the SNES. Around the same time, I found out that Aeon Genesis was working on a fan translation of the title, which increased my hopes of playing it one day.
Ten years have passed since my discovery of the project, and the group have finished their work on Super Robot Wars Gaiden: The Elemental Lords/Masoukishin: The Lord of Elemental. Thanks to their hard efforts, we’ll get to see how the first original Super Robot Wars character obtained Cybuster and his two talking cats. Just like the Original Generation titles, you won’t find any anime robots around here.
Other than learning about Masaki’s origin story, the game covers his adventures after the end of the classic Super Robot Wars saga. Due to this format, it might be a minor downside for newcomers who play it first. Interestingly, the title’s events are canon in the OG universe since it received a few sequels after it was remade on the DS.
From what I played of the original Super Robot Wars Gaiden, it was neat to see the units depicted as full-bodied sprites, instead of SD ones. Of course, the lack of a battleship unit added some extra challenge to the levels. Since it takes place in a fantasy-themed world called La Gias, the game felt like Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics, but with giant elemental robots.
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